Game 48 Thread / Cubs @ Dodgers (3 of 3)

Game Chat Rich Hill vs. Randy Wolf Lineups:
Soriano LF Furcal SS
Theriot 2B Pierre CF
Lee 1B Martin C
Barrett C Kent 2B
DeRosa 3B Saenz 1B
td>Murton RF Gonzalez LF Pagan CF LaRoche 3B Izturis SS Clark RF Hill P Wolf P

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Iowa's doing it again, heading for double digits in runs. Today it's Pie with 4 RBI.

Mariotti lights into Piniella in this morning's paper. He claims that Lou lacks lucidity--"like a senile grandfather searching for his bedroom slippers"--and feistiness: "He isn't quite the feisty, Rob Dibble-wrestler who won a World Series in 1990." It was predictable that Mariotti and other reporters would resent a maturer Lou who wasn't going to help them sell papers by throwing tantrums (and bases).

I was a Piniella skeptic. I remember saying that these loudmouth media darlings come to town, pack up and leave a couple years later, and all we get out of the deal is a new restaurant on the north side. But I have few if any criticisms of Lou. It wasn't his fault that his five top relievers turned out to have perplexing weaknesses. Lou has concluded that we need better arms in the pen, and he's right. So now Marmol and Guzman are out there. Saturday, after the Howry misfire the night before, Lou called the reliever into his office and pointed out that out of eleven pitches, ten were fastballs and most of them to the same spot. That's a constructive meeting. It is good advice to Howry to move the ball around a bit. (A good off-speed pitch would help even more).

In the 2-1 loss to San Diego the other night, I was angry for an hour when, with a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, Theriot sat on the bench while Izturis grounded into an easy double play. But the anger dissipated when I realized that, with the pitcher due up next and a lefty (Wells) pitching, Piniella had a choice between Izturis batting and then Theriot, or Theriot and then Blanco. Blanco is an expensive extravagance on this team, because in baseball there is no such thing as a pinch-thrower, whereas a catcher who can pinch-hit would be nice. But Blanco is Dusty's boy, not Piniella's; nor can we exactly blame Dusty for Blanco's presence on the team, since Dusty was already gone when Blanco accepted a three-year contract last fall.

The one serious mistake Piniella has made was putting Soriano in center, for a couple of reasons, but chiefly because Soriano's comfort level is high in left field and low anywhere else. But Piniella identified this mistake fairly quickly and rectified it.

To me, the ideal manager is Bobby Cox, a manager-for-life type who can take the long view and favor talented youth over guys who have a lot of miles on them. But there may only be one Bobby Cox, I don't know. In the next tier of shorter-term, gun-for-hire managers, Piniella is very good.

Blanco signed for two years. Sometimes I need a fact checker.

man, that izturis guy can really rake.

ummm
my mlb.tv never came back from commercial to see ramirez's apparently deep fly ball.....anyone else?

I really wonder if Lou didnt know that was going to happen

does jim hendry still work for the cubs? a real GM might try to do something about his POS relievers.

we are going to give this game away. i just know it.

WAY TO GO, SORIANO.

Ugh.

Boy, I tell ya, I'm not a member of the Blame Barrett Fan Club™, but he's making it awfully hard to stick up for him this afternoon.

yeah, but wes, i'm sure his .300 OBP makes you forget all about his defensive inadequacies.

No kidding. Now bases juiced on three walks, no outs.

Best of luck, Marmol.

Lost a game on an HBP. Jeebus.

Oh, it's a wild pitch. What the hell ever.

this series, without the class and veteran leadership of Scotty Eyre and Bobby Howry would've been a sweep for the good guys.

but god bless the powers that be - we're gonna keep on trotting them out there, Wins/Losses be damned!

Don't really want to get in an argument with you eli, but I'd take his career line at the plate and settle with his defensive problems every year.

He just hasn't done that this year. Today included. Didn't do a darn thing at the plate and made two or three pretty dumb plays in the field.

A lot of people think we should trade him/DFA him or whatever. And that's fine.

If this game gets Errorye DFA'd then I'll take the loss, sometimes the only way to win is to lose.

the last 5 games, all on the road, we've had the lead in the 7th inning or later and won 2 games---when is this bad baseball going to stop---

From my "You could have fooled me" file.

Eyre hasn't been spending the West Coast trip on the beach. He's been working in the bullpen with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on his mechanics.
"We freshened him up," Piniella said.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

He still smells like a stinking mackerel, Lou.

Barrett would be valuable trade bate, much to valuable to DFA him regaurdless of how he is playing now

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  • Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.

    K Dub 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 8 hours 4 sec ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 8 hours 10 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 31 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 8 hours 44 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 9 hours 30 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 9 hours 33 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 9 hours 37 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 9 hours 46 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 11 hours 57 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 12 hours 13 min ago view
  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 13 hours 31 sec ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 13 hours 48 sec ago view